College of the Bible Faculty

Michael Baker


Mike Baker is Assistant Professor of Biblical and Christian Studies at Mid-Continent University. Before coming to MCU, Dr. Baker served in churches in Pennsylvania and Tennessee and also taught at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. He received a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Pensacola Christian College, his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. were earned from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dr. Baker has been married to his wife, Jena, since 1999 and they have four wonderful children. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, reading, and family time. 

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Ray Carroll


Raymond E. Carroll is Director of Adjunct Faculty Instruction and Assessment of Experiential Learning. He also teaches in the College of the Bible. He earned a B.A.  degree from Union University in Jackson, TN,  Master of Divinity and  Doctor of Theology degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has done additional studies at University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Dr. Carroll has held faculty and staff positions at Mid-Continent University since 2001. Since 1998 he has served a congregation in Dyer, TN, where he resides. He has one daughter and two grand-daughters. Carroll has membership in the American Society of Church History and Baptist History and Heritage Society.

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Don Embry


Don Embry is an instructor of Christian Ministries and Biblical Studies in the James W. Cecil Baptist College of the Bible and an instructor of Management in the Mid-Continent Management Degree program. Don serves also as Staff Evangelist for Mid-Continent University and Director of the Christian Ministry Certificate Program. Don. Embry earned a BA degree from Mid-Continent Baptist Bible College in 1982, an MACE degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1992, a MAT degree from The Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA in 2007 and received a Doctorate of Divinity degree from MCU in 2012. He has served in eight Baptist Churches in three states for over thirty years before joining the faculty of Mid-Continent University.  Don has been married to Shirley for forty-nine years and they have one daughter, a son-in-law, and one granddaughter residing in Monroe, GA.

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CJ Turner


C.J. Turner is the Associate Dean of Online Learning, the Online Learning Center Coordinator, and a Bible Instructor. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies at Mid-Continent Baptist Bible College, Mayfield, KY in 1998, a Masters of Divinity in Christian Education from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY in 2003, and a Masters of Theology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY in 2009, by the grace of our Lord. He was born in Munich, West Germany and is now a naturalized U.S. Citizen.

Professor Turner served in the U.S. Army as a medic for 12 years. During his time of service, he had the opportunity to serve in Iraq for the Gulf War earning the Combat Medical Badge. While serving he has visited various countries and states most all in the line of duty. He had the opportunity to sail several bodies of water in the line of duty as well.

Professor Turner is a committed follower of Jesus Christ who loves to teach and continues to hope that God will use him to serve God’s Kingdom. He has a passion for getting church members to become productive members of God’s Kingdom. He has been married to his wife, Mitzi, for thirteen years, and God has blessed them with two grown children, Joseph and Jennifer, who have each professed their devotion to Christ as Lord.

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Stephen Williams

Dean of the James W. Cecil College of the Bible

Dr. Stephen Williams is the Dean of Mid-Continent University’s James W. Cecil Baptist College of the Bible. He received his B.A. with emphasis on Religion/Christian Studies from Union University, his Master of Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his Doctorate of Education from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has over 35 years ministry experience in leading organizations to build the church of Jesus Christ. His years of experience in hybrid learning and curriculum development have played a key role in the development of Online Pathway to Biblical Studies, Mid-Continent’s online program for a Bachelor’s Degree in biblical studies.

He and his wife, Janine, have been faithfully married since 1976. They met as students at Union University.  Their son, Nathan, is married to Hannah Adkinson and both are serving the Lord at Riverwind Church in Newburgh, Indiana. Nathan is the Associate Pastor of Riverwind Church. Their daughter, Joanna, is married to Bob Sparks and both are serving the Lord at Cornerstone Community Church in Jackson, Tennessee.

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Phillip Yang


Philip Yang received his Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His B.S. in Applied Chemistry is from Feng Chia University in Taiwan. Besides Ph.D. and B.S. degrees, Professor Yang also holds three Master’s. His Master of Science in Chemistry and Master in Business Administration (MBA) are from Cleveland State University. He also holds a Master of Art in Theological Studies from Seminary of the East of Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Dr. Yang is an inventor of six US and European patents. His publications include seven scientific publications in English, and more than twenty articles in leadership and ministry in Chinese.

Dr. Yang is an owner of multiple businesses and an overseer of an Evangelical fellowship of international churches in USA, Taiwan, and China. He and his wife have been married for more than twenty years. They have a son currently attending law school in Pennsylvania.

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